Midstream

Magazine focusing on Jewish cultural, social, and political affairs.

Articles from Vol. 55, No. 3, Summer

Artist and Magician: Marc Chagall and Isaac Bashevis-Singer
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Self-Portrait with Seven Finger"-Marc Chagall. The Magician of Lublin-Isaac Boshevis-Singer. A. PREFACE This article examines the works--one written the other painted--of two prominent Jewish artists: the eminent storyteller,...
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A Tisha Be'Av Meditation: Jerusalem, Auschwitz, and Confronting the Covenant
I must begin this essay with a confession: Although I have approached the Western Wall in Jerusalem many times, the experience has rarely moved me to tears. Yes, the Temple Mount is the holiest site for Jews in Jewish tradition and the kotel is the...
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Elegy for a Yiddish Scholar: Joseph Sherman, Z"l, 1944-2009
A scholar is like a book written in a dead language. It is not every one that can read it.--William Hazlitt Time ravages some people. It burnishes others. When my friend, Joseph Sherman, died in March, people asked how old he was. "Sixty-five,"...
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Gifts from a Spiritual Ancestor: A Holocaust Memoir
A day after September 11, 2001, I received a call from Therese Naffrechoux, a young woman from a small town in Southwestern France whom I'd met on a 1997 trip. She'd been trying to call from the day before since hearing the terrible news. She and her...
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How Israel Won the War against the Suicide Bombers
On September 29, 2000, the eve of the Jewish New Year, Israel was confronted with a new wave of Palestinian attacks. In the unprecedented wave of violence and terror that followed, Israelis faced more than 140 suicide bombings and hundreds more rocket...
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"I Will Bless Those Who Bless You"
It has been widely reported that evangelicals have a dangerous ulterior motive for backing Israel: the belief that the Jews' return to their biblical home will lead to their mass conversion or death and will hasten the "Rapture" of believing Christians...
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President Obama's Cairo Speech and the Reset Button
President Barack Obama's speech in Cairo in June may come to be viewed as the foundation stone in his Administration's attempt to hit the "reset button" with the Muslim world. It was delivered with Obama's now trademark smoothness. On the surface,...
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The Strange Phenomenon of Jewish Anti-Zionism: Is It a Contradiction in Term? the Australian Experience
In the last five years, close to ten major books have been published on Jewish anti-Zionists and other Jewish critics of Israel. Specific Jewish groups promoting one-sided critiques of Israel such as the Independent Australian Jewish Voices have been...
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Wrestling with God: Fear and Fearlessness in Jewish Languages
Jews are called the Children of Israel, since Jacob, the ancestor of the Jews, according to the Book of Genesis, was renamed Israel. In Genesis 32:24-30, we read of a night during which Jacob wrestled with an unnamed man. At daybreak, Jacob said, "I...
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